Archeologists have discovered a 3,500-year-old, engraved, red granite door in the southern Egyptian city of Luxor, Egypt's ministry of culture announced Monday.
The massive door, engraved with religious texts in hieroglyphics, initially sealed the tomb of the royal adviser User and his wife Toy, Mansour Boraik, the head of the Egyptian excavation team said in a statement.
Though during his life User was an important adviser to Queen Hatshepsut, the door was taken from his tomb and used as part of a wall in front of the famous Karnak temple during the Roman period, more than 1,000 years after his death, Mr. Boraik said.
Historians generally regard Hatshepsut as among the most successful of ancient Egypt's pharaohs. Egypt was at peace for most of her 22-year reign, allowing her to build trade networks that fed government coffers and funded the construction of monuments and buildings that tourists still flock to see.